Big Brother is shouting at you
George Orwell's house is watched by Big Brother
UK has sleepwalked into a surveillance society
"If you aren't doing anything wrong, you've got nothing to worry about."
I am so sick of hearing that tired, old excuse for the advances of the spy state. Just think about what that means.
'Wrong' is a loose term. Under post-9/11 terror law, 'wrong' can mean anything from excercising freedom of speech in protest, to just looking something like a terrorist (having a rucksack, or just being a bit brown like Jean Charles de Menezes).
So, what the quotation above implies is that, if you go along with the government, you won't have anything to worry about. What's the problem with doing what government wants, after all?
Well, it doesn't take a historian to think of several governments in recent times who have used this premise to control people and force them to do evil. Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia and Maoist China spring to mind.
"Don't worry Jews, if you're not doing anything wrong you've got nothing to worry about! Now get on the trains like your government says, because Der Fuhrer loves you."
(Image: Mao in the Chinese Cultural Revolution. He was a good man, who had the interests of the people at heart, and...I can't keep that up any longer. So why can people keep repeating the myth that governments care about the people? Why would we be different to any other period in history?)
I can't stress this enough. Government does not love you, it holds power over you and enjoys doing so. Normally governmental power can be kept in check by an informed, determined public. However, what we have today is a herd of millions who repeat the childish fairytale every time government takes their freedoms away!
Government loves me, I'll put down my gun. Government loves me, it will spend the bailout money wisely (US at least $700bn, UK at least £250bn, created from nothing then borrowed from the central banks at interest, which we will pay in tax). Government loves me, and is setting up a police state for my own good! Oh Obama, the messiah, will deliver us from evil! He's not in any way another corporate puppet!
Military on the streets is not good for society. Why is it necessary? Police powers should not be extended by such laws as the Patriot Act (Orwellian doublespeak if I ever heard it). It is never 'for our own good', it's to strip us of our freedoms - realise that now and not later.